Manager Bruce Bochy said that infielder Joaquin Arias, nursing a bruised left forearm, could be ready to rejoin the lineup as early as Thursday. Arias was injured Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch from Colorado's Jeremy Guthrie.
Bochy also said that Freddy Sanchez received an epidural injection to relieve the discomfort in his lower back, which will temporarily halt the second baseman's comeback efforts. "He's a ways away," Bochy said.
Bochy made an unusual lineup adjustment Wednesday, batting pitcher Madison Bumgarner eighth and dropping second baseman Emmanuel Burriss into the ninth spot. Bochy pointed out that this essentially gave the Giants two leadoff hitters, owing to Burriss' speed, which the manager felt could be handy against St. Louis left-hander Jaime Garcia. The Giants last tried this ploy against Arizona on May 20, 2010, when Tim Lincecum hit eighth and Andres Torres batted ninth.
First-year St. Louis manager Mike Matheny, whose Major League catching career ended prematurely with the Giants in 2006 due to concussion symptoms, said that his season and a half with San Francisco helped prepare him for his current job. Matheny said that he "learned a lot" from then-Giants manager Felipe Alou's faith in his players.
"I was a direct recipient of that," Matheny said. "I came from a team that had so much offensive firepower and a very strong bench, so I knew in the seventh, eighth or ninth inning, I was waiting for a whistle as I was walking to the plate for someone to take my place. I came here and Felipe couldn't wait for me to get out there. It just so happened that I had a couple of big RBIs early in the season. Later, he wanted me out there in those siutations and I was able to produce. That stuck with me."